Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion, the steampunk anthology edited by BristolCon’s own Joanne Hall and Roz Clarke, and supported by the BristolCon Foundation, hit the market at the end of February. The book is now available to buy as an e-book direct from Wizard’s Tower Press. Print copies can be obtained from Tangent books, Amazon and the Book Depository.
Andy Fairchild at CultDen reviewed it, saying:
“If you like Steampunk, you’ll love this. If you’ve never read Steampunk, you should give the book a go anyway, I doubt you’ll be disappointed.”
Locals can also buy copies direct from us. We’ll be selling them at the Fringe reading in March and at the two Airship Launch events.
The formal launch takes place at Forbidden Planet tomorrow (March 8th) from 1-2 pm and will feature signings and readings from contributors. Then there’s a party – the Airship Ball at the Folk House Cafe on March 29th at 7:30 pm. The Ball will feature dramatic readings, a presentation from John Hawkes-Reed on hacking the Jacquard-7, a Victorian picnic with wonderful fresh treats, a cosplay contest and music from Cauda Pavonis. Tickets are available from Eventbrite, or (avoiding their fees) direct from Jo and Roz. Picnic tickets must be bought in advance, but a cheaper ‘latecomer’ ticket will be sold on the door, subject to availability. Contact them (@hierath77 and @zora_db) or comment here or on the Facebook event for more details.
There’s a discount on tickets for the Ball with a purchase of a print copy of the anthology.
Tags: Books · Bristol · Events
We are delighted to announce that Gunnar Roxen will be joining us again this year. Author of “The Wyld Hunt” and the soon to be released “The Firestorm Conspiracy”, he creates a superb mix of mystery in a futuristic setting with a little noir for added measure.
In addition to being the lead writer for “Mutant Chronicles”, he has 15 years experience writing for and running video games companies, and his former training as a forensic psychologist brings a ‘little twist’ to his work.
Our GoH Jon Courtenay Grimwood will be appearing at the Bath Literature Festival in his more literary guise of ‘Jonathan Grimwood’. He’ll be discussing The Last Banquet with food writer John Walsh, at the Guildhall on 3rd March. You can find out more from canongate.
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BristolCon loves Eugene Byrne, and as Bristolians we’re obliged to also love the bewhiskered engineer with the fancy name who gifted us the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain. He was responsible, too, for the South Devon Railway, which you may have seen in the news this week, looking less than it’s usual glorious self.
Eugene has written a Pocket Giants guide to Brunel, and I quote:
How would you like to KNOW MORE about one of the greatest ENGINEERS in HISTORY, a man who had STYLE and SHOWMANSHIP in SPADES, who pioneered RAILWAYS and took time out to build the FIRST REAL MODERN SHIPS, a guy who could knock up a FLAT-PACK HOSPITAL with one hand while designing the WEIRD-LOOKING ROYAL ALBERT BRIDGE with the other?
Of COURSE you want to know! So steam on over to Eugene’s site to find out more.
Tags: Books · Bristol
In Bath on Feb.22nd novelist Jean Burnett and writing agony aunt Diana Cambridge are hosting a workshop all about Mary Shelley and Frankenstein. The workshop could be of interest to horror and SF writers or anyone else with a penchant for monster fiction or an interest in Shelley (who needs no sales pitch!) If that’s you, contact diana [at] dianacambridge.co.uk.
Tags: Events · Workshops · Writing
West Wiltshire’s Cloth Road arts group’s 2014 event will take place from May 3rd – 11th. The event is a festival of co-ordinated exhibitions by artists spread out across venues throughout the area, and they are currently recruiting artists to take part. You can find more details on their website at clothroadartists.com. It only takes place every two years, so don’t miss it!
Tags: Art · Events
February 5th, 2014 · Comments Off
We’ve added the schedule of monthly Fringe readings through to September to the Fringe page.
Fringe readings are a great opportunity to meet local authors, and often get a sneak preview of their forthcoming work, all in a cosy pub atmosphere. What else would you be doing on a Monday night?
February 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off
We at BristolCon are thrilled to see that our friend and former Guest of Honour Gareth L Powell has his novel Ack-Ack Macaque short-listed in the Best Novel category for the 2013 BSFA awards. It was only a matter of time before the monkey got the recognition he deserves, and any suggestion that the monkey may have put a gun to the face of the shortlisting committee is, of course, highly improper…
Round here, everybody loves the monkey and we all wish him well.
For more information on the shortlist, visit :
and for Gareth’s thoughts, read his blog entry here :
Tags: Bristol · Guests
January 27th, 2014 · Comments Off
Viking enthusiasts take note: On 21st February, Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, will be at Mr B’s Emporium talking about her new novel, The Gospel of Loki. As well as Norse goodness, there will be music, wine and food. Read more about it here.
January 24th, 2014 · Comments Off
Karen Joy Fowler, award-winning short story writer and author of the best-selling novel The Jane Austen Book Club, is coming to Bristol on 19th March to talk about her new novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.
Fowler is one of the founders of the James Tiptree Jr. Award, which makes her an absolute hero as far as BristolCon is concerned.
Find out more about her Foyles appearance here.